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Getting Scootered out of a fair trial

The perjury trial of White House aide Lewis “Scooter” Libby continued on Wednesday with jury selection. ABCNews.com tells how they believe that the trial will become a political “bloodletting” when the witnesses start testifying.

Jury selection begins today in the trial of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.

Libby is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in the leaking of the identity of a former CIA operative.

Libby is on trial for allegedly lying to a grand jury about the source of a leak that outed former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Plame’s identity was leaked to the media after her husband, former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, was critical of the Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq.

Libby has been called a master of discretion, and the trial promises to be a high-profile bloodletting. It will pit senior White House officials against senior vice presidential staffers as well as vice presidential aides against prominent journalists.

Can someone please explain to me if Richard Armitage who actually leaked the identity of Valerie Plume to Robert Novak was not charged, how the prosecution can still go after Libby for perjury?

Don’t get me wrong. If Lewis Libby has broken the law, the man should be prosecuted, but this prosecution shouldn’t be selective. If Libby is going to put on trial for lying in the leak case, then the person that actually did the leaking must be charged. Otherwise, the whole thing looks like a political witch trial launched by biased prosecuter who is interested in nothing but humiliating an administration.

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